For 500 years, the survivors of the Great Wars lived peacefully in a valley sanctuary shielded by powerful magic from the blighted and dangerous outside world. But the enchanted barriers have crumbled, the borders have been breached by predators, and the threat of annihilation looms large once more.
Sider Ament, bearer of the last black staff and its profound power, devoted his life to protecting the valley and its inhabitants - and, in his final moments, gave stewardship of the black staff to the young Tracker Panterra Qu. Now the newly anointed Knight of the Word must take up the battle against evil wherever it threatens: from without, where an army of bloodthirsty Trolls is massing for invasion; and from within, where the Elf king of Arborlon has been murdered, his daughter, Princess Phryne Amarantyne, stands accused, and a heinous conspiracy is poised to subjugate the kingdom. But even these will pale beside the most harrowing menace Panterra is destined to confront - a nameless, merciless figure who wanders the devastated land on a relentless mission: to claim the last black staff... and the life of he who wields it.
©2011 Terry Brooks (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Really love the whole series from the Sword til now. However, I was left wishing for more in this latest episode. Would have loved to learn more about the Ragpicker. Where was he during the time of the Hawk? This just seemed to gloss over each subplot during the story. Glad I listened, just not the best of the series.
This book developed very slow, in my opinion. And the hour after hour of rhetorical introspection by the heroes, was boring, Terry Brooks has written some great books that I have enjoyed, but the last couple, in my opinion, no longer has the same level of excitement, given the heroes keep getting beat down until the end of the book.
Not to my liking.
I love fantasy and science fiction.
Not as good as the first book (Bearers of the Black Staff) but a job well done in following up with the characters. Intrigued me enough to want to hear more about Shannara.
Both this story and the bearer of the black staff are great stories. I loved the flow of the stories, the characters, and the plot development. I've read other reviews about these stories, and they criticize the storytelling, author, and his characters. If you have read all of the shannara series then you know Brook's style of writing, his characters growth and progression throughout the story, and basic storyline. Reading one of these books does not make you qualified to comment on terry brooks or his books. These two books are yet another wonderful start to another shannara series. Can't wait for the next book. Great job Mr. Brooks, you haven't lost any talent.
yes, keeps me interested, and on the edge of my seat
the first one
when they fight all sences
Yes, I like the story enough that I will re-listen again.
Terry often is very hard on the heroes and is very believable even though we all know the whole thing is pure fiction.
Great performance Prue and her partner. Gray man the main character was second.
Yes the battle with the Trolls. The bold move to save Prue from the Trolls camp, followed by the stand off at the fortress.
I enjoyed this story very much. Easy to be in Shannara. I like the charaters, they where well read and easy to see.
I liked the story, but almost cast it aside. It took a while to get used to the narrator who didn't seem very engaging. He failed to grab my attention for the first half hour, which is when I would give up on a book. It was only because I was stuck in a vehicle with nothing else to do that I kept listening. Eventually the storyline caught my attention. Not a terrible narrator, just took some getting used to.
I want to start with the statement that I grew up an avid fan of Terry Brooks and have loyally bought each book and listened to over half of them through Audible, so it pains me to write this review. I have never been more frustrated with a book than I have with this one and its predecessor. I picked up this new series to get an understanding of the transition from the old world to the world of Shannara but am only finishing this book out of stubbornness. I have never experienced such a weak cast of characters, 90% of the dialogue consists of the characters sobbing over their fears and unworthiness to the point it pained me. I truly have no idea how anything was accomplished with the time spent by the characters talking themselves down, if they had whips I wouldn't doubt we would have lost more time with them flogging themselves.
As for the reader, it was a Gigante failure. If I have learned one thing it is to avoid any books read by Mr. Gigante. While it pains me, I am sorry to say I will not be buying anymore Terry Brooks books as I do not want to lose the fondness for his earlier works.
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